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What is an RSS feed?

An RSS (Really Simple Syndication) allows a reader to create a collection of updated news sources. These sources usually appear as a linked headline that will take the reader to specific story. In order to receive an RSS feed, some kind of RSS reader is required. An RSS reader is simply an application that can parse an RSS feed for output. Some browsers (such as Firefox) are equipped with the ability to display an RSS feed. However, there are several user-friendly RSS readers available for free download.

Why should I be interested in an RSS feed?

The advantage of receiving an RSS feed lies in both diversity and organization. An RSS reader allows you to organize all of the headlines from multiple news organizations into one application, saving you the time of going to each website separately. It allows you, for example, to see headlines (which lead to stories) from the NY Times Science Section, The BBC News, and the Juneau Empire Local Section all at the same time. It's the easiest way to get all your favorite news right away.


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